Svegli e L’odore del Caffé

Eve Rifkin Education, Life in the Classroom, Social Issues

At the end of this year, House Bill 2281 will likely be signed into law. This bill will effectively outlaw ethnic studies classes which have been especially meaningful for our Mexican-American, African-American and Native American students. These classes have provided an important setting for students who have not been able to see themselves or hear their stories in the traditional curriculum. We learn best when we can form a personal, relevant connection to what is being taught. And when we can’t, we shut down.

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Daniela A. Robles Uncategorized

Educators across the country are sitting with baited breath in anticipation of “NBC’s Education Nation” to be held September 26th -30th. As I visited the homepage for the event, I was struck by the following text: “Education is key to

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Master of my Domain

Donnie Dicus Elementary, Life in the Classroom

Before you read this, check out these two articles!   Both of these articles are about things that have been “banned” from classrooms.  I think banned is a strong word. I congratule these teachers who have stood

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What Counts?

Jen Robinson Uncategorized

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. Albert Einstein When I read this it made me STOP and think. How do we use data to inform our instruction and impact our student’s

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Delyssa Begay Uncategorized

Autumn and the Good Ol’ Days … Last week, while anticipating the arrival of the three day Labor Day weekend, I reminisced with a colleague about my initial intention of becoming a teacher. I was a recent college graduate seeking

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Blown Out

Alaina Adams Assessment, Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Mentoring, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership

Data-driven instruction blew out the speakers in my car today.    No joke.   The day started like any other: coffee, commute, Power Point creation, teach, plan, teach, lunch, teach, and then . . . my new release period to manage

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